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Patrick Campanale


When I’m not working on building custom computers or fixing phones, I love to write about technology. I’m always looking out for the best deal on any tech I can get my hands on, so one day I decided, “Why not write about it?!” You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @pcamp96, though I’m way more active on Twitter. If you’ve got a tip to an awesome deal, go ahead and drop me a line at patrick@9to5mac.com!

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In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: 2020 MacBook Air hits a new all-time low, Sonos AirPlay 2 speaker sale from $129, Anker work from home essentials from under $10, and more…

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expiredNETGEAR’s Wi-Fi 6/AX12 Nighthawk Router drops 40% to a new low at $300

Today only, Woot is offering the NETGEAR Nighthawk AX12 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router (RAX120) for $299.99 Prime shipped. Non-Prime members will be charged a $6 delivery fee. Regularly $500 at retailers like Best Buy, it’s currently down to $475 at Amazon through an in-cart discount. This marks a new all-time low that we’ve tracked. If you’re wanting to bolster Wi-Fi now that everybody is spending more time at home, this is a great way to do it. Offering up to 6Gbps of total throughput, you’ll have enough Wi-Fi power to cover around 3,500-square feet. Plus, the built-in parental controls allow you to easily filter out sites that you don’t want the kids visiting. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

expiredUpgrade your home security with refurb HomeKit Arlo Pro/2 cameras from $80

Today only, Woot is offering a selection of refurbished Arlo Pro and Pro 2 Cameras and Security Systems from $79.99 Prime shipped. Non-Prime members will be charged a $6 delivery fee at checkout. One of our favorites from the sale is a HomeKit-enabled Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera 2-Pack System alongside two Arlo Smart Lights for $219.99. Originally $730, you’d pay around $485 buying the cameras and lights separately at Amazon right now. This is a match for our last mention and is the best available. These cameras offer native HomeKit support thanks to an update from Arlo, and you’ll be able to enjoy 7-days of free online cloud recording included with your purchase. Plus, with the included Smart Lights, you’ll not only see around your home during the day, but it’ll be properly illuminated at night, which ensures you always know what’s going on. Rated 4.2/5 stars. All sale products ship with a 90-day warranty. Shop the discounted selection of Arlo Pro and Pro 2 cameras here. Plus, you can learn more about Arlo Pro 2’s HomeKit support in our hands-on look.

expiredRead about the Lost City of the Monkey God, enjoy The Economist, more from $1

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering a number of digital magazines and Kindle eBooks on sale from $0.99. For starters, you’ll be able to score a wide selection of Kindle eBooks on sale from $0.99. One of the best titles on sale here is The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story at $3.99. Normally $12 for the Kindle eBook, the hardcover goes for closer to $15 normally and this is among the best we’ve seen. You’ll get to read the story about a journalist who, in 1940, claims to have found the Lost City of the Monkey God. He even returned with artifacts but committed suicide before being able to really tell anyone about what he discovered. Rated 4.4/5 stars from thousands, and is a #1 best-seller at Amazon. Head below for great deals on magazines, or drop by Amazon’s landing page for more Kindle eBook deals.

April 3

Anker’s PowerCore Lite 20000mAh battery is recharged via USB-C: $30 (Reg. $50)

Anker’s official Newegg storefront is offering its PowerCore Lite 20000mAh Portable Battery for $29.99 shipped with the code MKTCHQOKJVKM at checkout. Normally $50 at Amazon, this is one of the best prices that we’ve tracked all-time and is the lowest available. If you’re wanting to keep a smartphone powered while on-the-go, or just want to avoid plugging into the wall every now and then, this battery is great for it. You’ll get two 2.4A USB ports to recharge your devices, and the battery itself is powered either over USB-C or microUSB, depending on which cable you have available at the time. Plus, its compact size makes it super easy to bring with you everywhere you go. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

Bundle Nest Wifi + Thermostat E or Hello Video Doorbell at up to $110 off

BuyDig is currently offering a Nest Wifi Router, Access Point, and Nest Thermostat E for $299 shipped with the code LMP27 at checkout. For comparison, you’d pay $199 for the Nest Wifi Router bundle at Best Buy, and the Thermostat E would set you back an additional $170, saving you $70 with today’s deal. If you’re working from home and need a network upgrade, Nest Wifi is a fantastic option. It’s 802.11ac networking with 2.2Gbps throughput, allowing the entire family to browse the web at the same time. Plus, each Nest Wifi acts as a Google Assistant smart speaker, which makes it super easy to further expand your smart home. Plus, Nest Thermostat E uses smart learning functionality to help cut down on your AC bill. Rated 4.7/5 stars. Head below for even more deals.

Battleship is a must-have two-player game for under $12 at Walmart

Walmart is offering the classic Battleship game for $11.92 with free shipping in orders of $35 or more. Free in-store pickup is available in select areas. Normally $20 at other retailers like Barnes & Noble, this is one of the best prices that we’ve tracked all-time. Battleship has to be one of my favorite two-player games around. You’re racing to be the first to take our the other player’s ships, which are set up in random order. Use previous attack knowledge to form your new plan, ensuring the entire annihilation of their squadron. This is a fantastic game to enjoy if you’re stuck inside, be it with just two or holding a championship to see who wins the most rounds between the entire family. Rated 4.7/5 stars from tens of thousands at Amazon.

If you’re looking at picking up a credit card that offers you general cashback, and not travel points, then this is the roundup for you. We’ve scoured the internet to find the best cards to get, and even offer some personal insight with many of the cards that we’ve used ourselves. So, without further ado, here are the best cashback credit cards in April 2020.

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Save 50% on RAVPower’s 24W/3-port solar USB charger, now $40 shipped

RAVPower is currently offering its 24W/3-port Solar Charger for $39.99 shipped with the code COME50 at checkout. Normally $80, it goes for $75 for non-Prime members at Amazon right now, though those with Prime can get it for around $64 shipped with you clip the on-page coupon. Today’s deal is one of the best prices that we’ve tracked all-time. Whether you’re wanting to go off-grid for a bit or just enjoy some time by the lake without bringing a generator, this solar panel is a must-have. It’ll give up to 24W of power through three 2.4A USB ports. Given that it’s a solar panel, you won’t need to plug anything in, just set it in the sun and enjoy recharging your devices. Rated 4.9/5 stars.

expiredUpgrade your gaming desk with Respawn’s 120 Racing Chair at $111 (Reg. $163)

Today only, as a ShellShocker, Respawn via Newegg is offering its 120 Racing Style Gaming Chair for $111 shipped. For comparison, you’d pay around $163 at Amazon for this model right now, with today’s deal being one of the best prices that we’ve tracked all-time. If you’re working from home (or just gaming in the office a bit more than normal), it’s probably time for a chair upgrade. This model from Respawn has a unique racing design that provides plenty of support for your back and neck, making it perfect for long gaming sessions. Plus, the overall design of this chair would match any gaming-focused battlestation, making it a must-have addition to your office. Ratings are slim but positive here, with Respawn being well-reviewed overall at Amazon.

VUDU has Men in Black, The Matrix Trilogy, Pacific Rim, and more from $5 in 4K

VUDU’s $4.99 weekend sale is back, this time with a number of 4K titles discounted to fantastic prices. One of our favorite films on sale is Men in Black, which is available in 4K at the aforementioned price. Normally $15 for the 4K copy on Google Play, this is among the best pricing that we’ve tracked all-time and is the lowest available. This age-old classic is one of my favorite movies of all-time. You’ll follow a story where both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith take center stage in a man-verses-alien battle like never before. You’ll see aliens working side-by-side with humans, which is a concept we don’t see very often. Rated 4.6/5 stars. Head below for more of our favorites, or drop by VUDU for a full list of included titles.

April 2

If you’ve played Apex Legends at all, then you know who Bloodhound is. For the uninitiated among us, Bloodhound is a unique Legend that can see and track enemy movements like no other Legend cam. His very advanced powers can be the difference between becoming Apex Champion and losing when used right. In the latest Apex Legends takeover event, Bloodhound’s Trials take center stage. But, we’re also seeing the return (and permanent addition) of duos, along with a few other fantastic updates to Apex Legends.

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Save $40 on the high-end Fluance RT81 premium turntable, now $210 shipped

Fluance Audio (99% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon is offering its RT81 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable for $209.96 shipped. For comparison, it normally goes for around $250, and this is a match for its all-time low. If you’re wanting a high-end turntable for your vinyl setup while you’re staying home a bit more, this is it. Offering a premium design, the RT81 delivers a “pure analog listening experience.” Plus, the built-in Texas Instruments preamp is high-quality, with the ground terminal and gold-plated RCA line outputs delivering a warm, true-to-life sound. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

Amazon’s Echo Show 5 commands your smart home with prices from under $50

QVC is offering the Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Display for $59.96 shipped. First-time shoppers can save an additional $10 with the code FRIENDS, dropping the price to $49.96 shipped. Normally $90, this is among the best pricing that we’ve tracked all-time and is the lowest available. The Echo Show 5 is powered by Alexa, meaning that it can control a majority of your smart home gear with ease. Plus, the built-in camera means you can easily call friends and family while staying indoors more. However, the privacy-minded can rest safely as Amazon put a physical shutter on the camera, letting you know that nothing can see through it unless you want it to. Rated 4.5/5 stars. Learn more in our hands-on review.

Score a month of Showtime for FREE if you’re a new subscriber (Reg. $11)

Both Amazon and Showtime are currently offering new members a 30-day FREE trial of the streaming service. Normally only giving people 7-days to trial its service, this saves you $11 from what you’d normally pay for a month’s worth of Showtime. Whether you’re wanting to watch Homeland, Billions, Shameless, boxing, or something entirely different, Showtime has plenty of titles to choose from. Your trial will give you full access to everything the service has to offer, including new episodes as well as full and complete series. The best part is that everything on Showtime’s streaming service is entirely commercial-free, which not only allows you to enjoy a show in a shorter amount of time but means there’s less fast-forwarding needed to enjoy your favorite series. Learn more about Showtime here.

Amazon is offering Apple’s AirPods Pro Truly Wireless Earbuds for $234.98 shipped. Normally $249, this beats our last mention by a penny and is right in line with what we normally see offered for sales on Apple’s high-end headphones. I love my AirPods Pro and never leave home without them. I also routinely use them to make phone calls, listen to music, or watch YouTube when at home. With over 24-hours of battery life, active noise cancellation, and the H1 fast-pairing chip, AirPods Pro are a must-have for any Apple user. You’ll also get “Hey Siri” with AirPods Pro, which make placing a call while driving super simple. Learn more in our hands-on review.

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Enjoy a game of foosball indoors on this premium table at $189 (Reg. $230)

Walmart is offering the Barrington 56-inch Premium Foosball Table for $189 shipped. Normally around $230 at third-party retailers on Amazon, this is among the best pricing that we’ve tracked and is the lowest available. While we’re all stuck inside, why not enjoy a few rounds of foosball with the family? This premium table is 56-inches long and ensures that you’ll have a fun experience all around. The premium wood construction offers a sturdy base, and the metal poles used in the game make sure that your figures will easily hit the foosball into the goal. Plus, there’s a metal scoreboard on both ends of the table, so you always know who’s in the lead. Rated 3.8/5 stars.

expiredKeep your grill clean during BBQ season with this budget-focused $12 scraper

The Sage Owl (99% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon is offering its Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Scraper for $12.20 Prime shipped. Normally around $17, this is the lowest price that we’ve tracked in well over a year and is the best available. If you’re spending any time outside grilling right now, this is a must-have accessory. You’ll be able to clean up your grill after making steaks, burgers, or anything with ease. There are multiple sizes of rungs here that will fit over any grill grates, from square to round, v-shaped, and more. Plus, it’s extremely small, making it super simple to store in your grilling drawer. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

Fight the Sith and become a Jedi with this handy Force manual at just $2

Amazon is currently offering The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force as a Kindle eBook for $1.99. For comparison, the hardcover goes for $16, the eBook is generally around $10, and this is among the best pricing that we’ve tracked. Star Wars fans will really enjoy this read as they find out what to learn in the ways of the Force. This Kindle eBook holds the history of the Jedi, going back from the beginning to the Jedi Order, into Lightsabers, and more. You won’t just get any old reading experience here, however. This copy has been passed down through the ages and contains many Jedi’s annotations, giving you the best learning experience yet. Rated 4.7/5 stars and is a #1 best-seller.

Bose ANC Headphones 700 drop to a new all-time low at $290 shipped (Reg. $399)

Altatac via Rakuten is currently offering Bose Active Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 for $289.95 shipped when the code ALT10B is used at checkout. Note: You must be logged into a free Rakuten account to use this code. Normally $399, this beats our new condition all-time low price by $10 and is the second lowest we’ve seen all-time. The only time we’ve tracked the Headphones 700 at a lower price was during a refurbished sale from a few days ago that’s still going on, where it dropped to $280. These headphones offer active noise cancelation to block out the world around you. This is great if you’re working from home and need to create a distraction-free environment. Plus, there’s built-in Alexa and Assistant voice commands here with 20-hours of listening on a single charge. Rated 4.4/5 stars. Learn more in our announcement coverage.

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